Mormon D.C. choir celebrates 30 years of singing

The Mormon Choir of Washington, D.C., has sung at the White House, the Vietnam Memorial, Fort McHenry, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They've lifted their voices at churches of many faiths all over the area. And they've graced the stage at the Washington D.C. Temple visitors center numerous times to ring in the Christmas season as part of the annual Festival of Lights.

The 75-member choir is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and will have a grand reunion this month.

Their varied repertoire from Broadway to requiems fulfills part of the choir's purpose, to "provide a challenging and enriching experience through which members may learn and strive for excellence of musical expression."

"The music has always been of the highest quality," said Gene Morlan, 92, the choir's founder and musical director for nearly two decades. "It's run the gamut," tailored to the season and the audience.

Morlan had been director of music at a large Lutheran church in Mclean, Va., and was on the headquarters staff of the Music Educators National Conference in 1970 when he first stepped into the Salt Lake Tabernacle during a convention. He and his wife, Virginia, were later baptized on her birthday, May 28, 1971.

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